Murrill Honored with Local Boy Scouts’ Prestigious Silver Beaver Volunteer Award

March 13, 2017

Taylor Porter Partner John Murrill, center, was honored with the Silver Beaver Award from the Istrouma Area Council Boy Scouts of America at the organization’s awards reception, held Sunday, March 12, at the Catholic Life Center of Baton Rouge. Pictured with Murrill include from left: Taylor Porter attorneys Trey Tumminello, Skip Philips (Managing Partner) and Mike Walsh; John’s nephew, Boyd; John’s father and mother, Paul and Nancy; John’s son, James, John’s wife Liz; and Taylor Porter attorneys Tom Easterly, Cindy Amedee, Mike Hart and Kelley Dick.

Taylor Porter Partner and Executive Committee Member John Murrill was honored with the Silver Beaver Award by the Istrouma Area Council Boy Scouts of America at the organization’s recognition awards reception, held Sunday, March 12, at the Catholic Life Center of Baton Rouge. Introduced in 1931, the council-level, adult volunteer distinguished service award honors registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council and to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service.

Murrill previously served two years as President of the Istrouma Area Council, is the current Immediate Past President and Chair of the Nominating Committee, has served for many years as legal adviser to the Council, and has served throughout the years on various committees at the board level. He has been a board member for nine years. In addition to his service on the board, he and his wife, Liz, have been active at the Troop and Pack level.   

The Istrouma Area Council, Boy Scouts of America serves 13 parishes in Louisiana and Wilkinson County in Mississippi, representing more than 6,500 youth and more than 2,000 adult leaders. The annual recognition reception serves as the organization’s premier event to recognize the achievements and accomplishments from 2016. In addition to the Silver Beaver awards, the group recognized 132 scouts who earned the Eagle designation, and distributed Journey to Excellence Quality District Awards, recognizing Scouting on the local level for quality program and growth.

At Taylor Porter, Murrill practices in the fields of higher education law, government purchasing, procurement and contract law, and general commercial litigation. He serves as co-chair of Taylor Porter’s business and commercial litigation practice, and as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and chair of the Technology Committee.  

Murrill received his J.D. in 1995 from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where he is a member of the LSU Law Center Hall of Fame. Murrill graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Mississippi in 1986; after graduating from Ole Miss, he worked for six years in Atlanta as a computer analyst before returning to law school. 

In the community, Murrill is a former President and board member of the Friends of LSU Hilltop Arboretum; and just completed a three-year term as a member of the governing board of University Baptist Church. 

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